Spacious gite holiday let Deux Sevres - PS002968_A

Ardin (5km from Coulonges-sur-l'Autize), Deux Sèvres, Poitou Charentes Reference: PS002968_A Advertiser since: 7 March 2012

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Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms Additional info
La Chataigne Self Catering Saturday 3 6 2 + Cot

About this property

Girardiere 3 Gite's for Holiday Rental. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

La Girardiere is a 19th century stone built farmhouse, which has been tastefully renovated and converted into 3 spacious gites, offering you charm, tradition and comfort. Set in its own 5 acres of land and surrounded by beautiful countryside with tracks and trails for walking and cycling accessible from your gite door. It has its own swimming pool, which is fenced and alarmed, a children's play area and boules pitch.

La Chataigne is one of 3 gites, well equipped and has its own terrace and barbecue. The barn is a good place to meet up for a glass of wine and watch the sun go down or make use of the gas barbecue, hotplate and chip fryer or play table tennis or table football.

La Girardiere's gites are nestled in the Valley of the l'Autize river. It is within easy reach of many historic sites as well as restaurants, shops, markets, golf, tennis, fishing, horse riding, and only one hour away from the coast.

We are close by The Marais Poitevin, or Venice Vert is a network of canals, and home to many wild flowers and marshland birds. There are places to rent punts with or without guides and bikes, or just walk along the edge of the canals on the numerous marked routes. The landscape changes as you get to Mervent, as it is heavily forested where you can walk, cycle on the VTT trails (mountain bike tracks), hire canoes, pedalos or sailboats for use on the lake. There is forest climbing park, and "Parc de Pierre Brun" which is another activity park for children up to the age of about 10 years. Mervent also has a Zoo.

About an hour away are the theme parks Futuroscope and the Puy du Fou the historic port of la Rochelle, Ile de Re.

The owners are on site to assist you when required and there is access to wi-fi for your convenience.



Kitchen and dining

La Chataigne has a fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher and washing machine with an open plan living/dining area. It has its own outside patio area, separate from the other 2 self-catering gites.


Le Chataigne sleeps 6 in 1 double and 2 twin bedrooms


Le Chataigne's double room has en suite shower, handbasin and wc. The family bathroom on the 1st floor has a bath with shower over, handbasin and wc.


Electric heaters


Boules pitch, table tennis, table football, swings and climbing frame, badminton net and a 2 acre field are all on-site. Over 100 dvds, boardgames and quiz sheets are available.

Garden and outside

There is a swimming pool for use by guests plus a large barn with enough seating for up to 20 people with bbq, hot plate and fryer for communal use.

Visitor suitability

Ideal for families with toddlers and older children. For friends to holiday together, but still have the privacy of their own space.

Information about any additional facilities

There is a communal laundry room.


  • Internet

  • Linen

  • Shared pool

  • Splash pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Niort
Distance: 18 km


Distance: 10 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: all
Name of nearest fishing location: Pescalis
Distance: 15 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf du Petit Chene
Distance: 18 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: L'ecole du Chavel Serzais
Distance: 8 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 10 km



Name/number of nearest marked trail: GR36, which starts in Ouistreham


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Mercier Fontenay Le Comte
Distance: 20 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Dirk Lewis

We are on site to assist you if needed

Owner's website
Year property purchased 2004
Why this location? Peaceful countryside yet close to shops / town
Unique benefits of property All three gîtes have fully-equipped kitchens and living/dining areas. They have their own outside patio areas separate from each other and are all self catering. A cot is available, please ask at the time of booking.
All the gîtes have internal stairs to the bedrooms.
There is a swimming pool for use by everybody.

There is a communal laundry room.

The Owner Recommends

Nearest Market

Coulonges Sur l'Autize 5km.

Nearest Restaurant

2 Restaurants 5km Coulonges Sur l'Autize

3 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.3
  • Comfort: 8.7
  • Condition: 8.7
  • Facilities: 9
  • Local Amenities: 9.3
  • Setting: 9.3
  • Value for Money: 9.7
8.8 / 10 Melanie 2 September, 2013

Good points
Wonderful place, everyone really enjoyed the 2 weeks, in fact it is the first time we all wanted to stay another week. Kids were entertained by the play area, pool and well as the 2 cats and dog...stacks of room to run around all day! Lovely pool area with gazebo to shade us for lunch. Fantastic hosts, it was our first experience with on site hosts and we were completely won over on the idea.

Bad points
If we hadn't hired the whole place it could have been a fight for a sunbed by the pool, but the owners are aware of this. Other than that the only other bad point is that it is so nice we only left the place once so didn't get to see much of the surrounding area! I think the website undersells this property, there seems to be a few amenities that are not listed that would make us choose a property.

9.3 / 10 The Browne Family 29 August, 2012

This was a real find. The Gite was really well equipped and the facilities were wonderful. The family who own and look after the Gites are very welcoming and great hosts. Our Gite had two bathrooms, which is essential with two teenage boys! and meant that there were never fights over who could shower when. All linen and towels were provided and changed each week. The only towels you had to bring were for the pool. The pool was heated and had lighting in the evening. Our teens really enjoyed their time and the wi-fi access meant sure they did not miss any olympic events that French TV did not show.

I can seriously recommend these properties to families with children of any age. There are a wide variety of activities locally and within 1hour of the property. The Tuesday market in the local town is reallly good. Father afield La Rochelle and Ile de Re are well worth a visit. The boys enjoyed a couple of days at Mervent in canoes.

Thanks to the owners for making our holiday a great experience

9.2 / 10 The Smith Family 25 August, 2012

A wonderful property in a beautiful area. Our hosts were friendly, very, very helpful and made our stay so very enjoyable, nothing seemed too much trouble for them.

We had a 1 year old with us and he loved every minute. The pool was pefect for family bathing and water polo and we managed to set up table tennis and boules tournaments. It was terrfic fun and there were many places to visit and great places to eat - advised by Dirk and Alison.

There are three generous bedrooms, one double en-suite and two twin, there is also a large family bathroom. All very clean and well-maintatined.

As our grandson was just beginning to toddle, the steps were a bit of a problem but for slightly older (or younger) children this would not be so. It didn't stop him from having a wonderful time.

We have recommended it to various friends and would hope to visit ourselves at a future date.

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